National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol

The NACDA was established in response to the drug problem to assist in our continued need to improve our knowledge and understanding of problem drug use.

The goal of the NACDA is to advise the Government on problem drug use in Ireland in relation to prevalence, prevention consequences and treatment based on our analysis and interpretation of research findings.

ROSIE Findings 5: Gender Similarities and Differences in Outcomes at 1-Year


ROSIE Findings 5:  Gender Similarities and Differences in Outcomes at 1-Year
Authors:  Dr Gemma Cox,  Paul Kelly, Dr Catherine Comiskey
Published: October 2008
Pages: 8
File Size: 688 KB 
Format: PDF

Executive Summary

The international literature indicates that men and women entering drug treatment differ in demographic characteristics, drug use histories, offending and psychosocial behaviour patterns. There are mixed findings on gender differences in treatment outcomes, with most large-scale studies showing no differences and other (smaller) studies favouring one gender over the other. To maximise the effectiveness of any treatment programme catering for both men and women, service providers must be aware of, and address, any gender-based variations.

The aim of this paper is to determine whether any such variations exist among a cohort of opiate users in treatment in Ireland. To this end gender differences in the characteristics, problems and one-year treatment outcomes of 285 opiate users who participated in the ROSIE Study (and completed interviews at the two time periods) are explored.

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